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Journalism Warning Labels

Journalism Warning Labels
Contents Not Verified It seems a bit strange to me that the media carefully warn about and label any content that involves sex, violence or strong language — but there's no similar labelling system for, say, sloppy journalism and other questionable content. I figured it was time to fix that, so I made some stickers. I've been putting them on copies of the free papers that I find on the London Underground. You might want to as well. The articles these stickers are attached to are used strictly as an illustration: I'm not passing judgment on the specific articles or journalists. Let's start with the obvious one. I'm not sure how these newspapers would fill their pages without these. Oh yeah, that's what they use. The Daily Mail's attempt to classify everything as either 'causing' and 'curing' cancer is already well documented, but there are plenty of wacky medical claims in all the newspapers. ...and we all know what happens when you do this. Enough said, really. Make your own! For the UK

http://www.tomscott.com/warnings/

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Creationists seek to insert their own brand of 'truth' into education Thirty reasons why man is not descended from apes may seem an unlikely thing for children to learn on an educational school trip. But that's just one of the treats in store at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, a creationist establishment near Bristol which was recently awarded a "quality badge" by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. The council's deputy chief executive, Elaine Skates, defended the decision by saying she believed that "an important aim of learning outside the classroom is allowing children and young people access to education that challenges assumptions and allows them to experience a range of viewpoints." What Skates is endorsing here, though probably unwittingly, is a notion known as "teach the controversy". The term was coined by the Discovery Institute, America's most notorious creationist organisation, as a means of arguing for the teaching of Biblical creation alongside evolution in US schools.

Medieval Sourcebook Update Information 2006: In 2006 the Internet Medieval Sourcebooks and associated sourcebooks are undergoing a major overhaul to remove bad links and add more documents. 2. Why Solutions Journalism Matters, Too Fixes looks at solutions to social problems and why they work. This is a follow-up to last Friday’s column revisiting social change organizations that grew in 2011. On Friday, I did a recap of stories that we had featured in Fixes over the past year ― and I was surprised to discover that many of the organizations we’d written about had managed to expand their work, even in a difficult economy and political context. Looking back at the range of changes that had occurred during the past year, I was reminded of the remark by Robert Kennedy: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” These days, a reader’s role can include action and social responsibility. In this modest sampling of changes, ripples were clearly being sent forth in multiple directions.

'I Am A Brand,' Pathetic Man Says SEATTLE—Sad, pathetic local web developer and blogger Phillip Cathin, 34, told reporters today that he sees himself as “a brand.” The pitiful man, who works in development and design at the Seattle-based software company Woot, told reporters he takes time out of every day to “promote and further [his] brand” and to extend his “social and online presence.” “I am my own product,” the little worm said while staring at a laptop and depressingly shuffling between his Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, and Tumblr accounts, which he claimed are “essential tools for growing [his] personal brand” on a daily basis. “I think of myself as the creator, developer, and marketer of Brand Phillip Cathin.

Otomata New! If you like Otomata, check out my new instrument Circuli by clicking here! Update: Click here to get Otomata for your iPhone / iPod / iPad! Official facebook page: Also this reddit page has many examples: 'Chemical nonsense': Leading scientists refute Lord Monckton's attack on climate science A coalition of leading climate scientists yesterday filed a 48-page document to the US Congress refuting an attack on climate science made earlier this year by the Ukip deputy leader, Lord Christopher Monckton. The detailed rebuttal addresses nine key scientific claims made by Monckton, a prominent climate sceptic, to a house select committee hearing in May. It includes the responses of 21 climate scientists who variously conclude that Monckton's assertions are "very misleading", "profoundly wrong", "simply false", "chemical nonsense", and "cannot be supported by climate physics".

The Guardian is opening up its newslists so you can help us make news Few documents are more carefully guarded in newspaper offices than the newslist. The mixture of what's coming up and what the editors are hoping for can be so valuable that rivals have even been known to pay for a sneaky look. Some newsrooms I've worked in have relied on code words to describe really juicy stories. Often, it can be an embarrassingly blank sheet of paper – best kept hidden, even from the boss. The idea of giving this information away before publication might therefore seem to be putting digital dogma before common sense. Just because the internet theoretically allows journalists to give readers a peek behind the curtain by sharing the list with them does not make it a good idea.

Was Petraeus Borked? When a D.C. video store revealed the Supreme Court nominee’s list of video rentals, it sparked a privacy backlash and a new law. Similarly, the Petraeus affair has put the government’s vast surveillance powers – even of elites – in a critical context. This story was co-published with The New Yorker and is not subject to our Creative Commons license. In 1987, when Judge Robert Bork was enmeshed in a partisan struggle over his Supreme Court nomination, a reporter for an alternative weekly in Washington, D.C., got a tip that the judge was a patron of a local video store.

The Great Beyond: New intelligent design centre launches in Britain Intelligent design (ID) has never really gained much of a foothold in the UK – at least compared to the United States where evolution isn’t as widely accepted and a high-profile think tank, the Discovery Institute, peddles its philosophies. The newly launched Centre for Intelligent Design aims to change all that. So far the centre has a crisp-looking website and a small office in Glasgow.

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